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03 Jun 2017 16:13

Tricycle Rider wrote:
Nacho wrote:I hope you don't mind a sidetrack here -- I have a HDMI connection on my PC. Does that mean I can hook from my Roku to my PC to watch TV programs on it rather than my TV, or does it mean I have to daisy-chain my PC to my TV and then the TV program will play on both the TV and PC, or neither or both? Also, if I can connect from the Roku to my PC and watch it, what kind of "program" do you have to run on the PC to watch it, and could you also then record the program to a disk-file and have permanent storage of it?
No worries, I don't mind at all.

I've never tried to hook up my Roku stick into my laptop, not sure what would happen. But since I've already broken NBC's website I might as well see if I can break all of my devices. :lol:

Ha!! I think I see now what you were doing, and I had it backwards. You were (are?) streaming straight to the PC, and then hooking up a TV to it to watch the program on a bigger/better screen than your PC screen. ???

I thought you were streaming to a Roku, and it ended up on the PC.
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03 Jun 2017 16:29

Nacho wrote:Ha!! I think I see now what you were doing, and I had it backwards. You were (are?) streaming straight to the PC, and then hooking up a TV to it to watch the program on a bigger/better screen than your PC screen. ???

I thought you were streaming to a Roku, and it ended up on the PC.
I'm so confused...

I have a Roku stick in my TV for channels that my smart TV won't pick up. (Such as NBCSports Extra.) That's actually the only time I use Roku.

Right now I'm just trying to pay for my freaking cycling subscription, if Roku won't pick it up I'll just have to run a HDMI cable from my laptop to my TV, won't be using Roku at all.

EDIT: And yes, I want to be able to watch cycling on my big TV, which is why this whole situation is coming up.
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03 Jun 2017 16:39

Tricycle Rider wrote:
Nacho wrote:Ha!! I think I see now what you were doing, and I had it backwards. You were (are?) streaming straight to the PC, and then hooking up a TV to it to watch the program on a bigger/better screen than your PC screen. ???

I thought you were streaming to a Roku, and it ended up on the PC.
I'm so confused...

I have a Roku stick in my TV for channels that my smart TV won't pick up. (Such as NBCSports Extra.) That's actually the only time I use Roku.

Right now I'm just trying to pay for my freaking cycling subscription, if Roku won't pick it up I'll just have to run a HDMI cable from my laptop to my TV, won't be using Roku at all.

I see now.

I'm new to this streaming PC/Roku/TV stuff. I just 1 month ago gave up my Local Cable TV subscription, upgraded their cable internet to unlimited (from 250GB monthly), and then got a Roku and a subscription to Sling TV. I'm just finding out now there are pretty much unlimited options, now that I went to streaming TV, and it is a bit overwhelming at times what to choose.
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03 Jun 2017 16:43

Nacho wrote:I see now.

I'm new to this streaming PC/Roku/TV stuff. I just 1 month ago gave up my Local Cable TV subscription, upgraded their cable internet to unlimited (from 250GB monthly), and then got a Roku and a subscription to Sling TV. I'm just finding out now there are pretty much unlimited options, now that I went to streaming TV, and it is a bit overwhelming at times what to choose.
I'm kinda new to this streaming stuff as well, it can be a bit overwhelming.

And now I have to contact NBC and see why they don't want my money.
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03 Jun 2017 18:44

Don't know how long it takes to hear back from NBC (so far I've only received an acknowledgement that they have received my email, but no solutions have been offered yet), if I don't hear back from them by, say, 5am tomorrow I will be forced to join the dark side again for the Dauphine.

(Eh, I'm practically throwing my money at these guys for a legit stream!)
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03 Jun 2017 20:39

So here's the latest update I got from NBC (will not disclose any names, seeing as I would consider it rude):

Hi,

Thanks for reaching out to us and we are sorry for the issues you are experiencing while trying to make a purchase. There is currently an issue with some versions of Firefox where it does not automatically resize the payment page. Once you select your payment method you will need to physically scroll down in the window by clicking on the down arrow button. You will then see the rest of the purchase flow..

If you continue to have an issue please use a different browser to make your purchase. If this is not the case and you are having another issue please let us know.

Sorry for any confusion.


Evidently NBC doesn't like my browser, so I need to switch to another one in order to watch and pay for some live mutherfucking cycling?

PS - Carol, I know we would like to do things the right way, but NBC is making it rather problematic. So with my head hung in shame off to the dark side I go again.
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03 Jun 2017 23:33

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Nacho wrote:It's now $40 for the whole year (apparently through June of 2018), just a few weeks ago they wanted $20 for just this year's Dauphine and Tour de Suisse. I'm almost tempted to do it. On principle, though, it bothers me to have to pay extra.


When I first started using NBCSports Gold the only race on offer was the Tour De France and it cost $40. I am over the moon that my $40 now offers a lot more races! Considering I payed fubo $15 for one race, I consider this an excellent deal. Just looked at NBCSports Gold and will be able to watch the Tour De Suise and Dephaune either live or on-demand! Woohoo!

I use my Roku and have always been pleased with the service.
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Re: Re:

05 Jun 2017 03:44

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Tricycle Rider wrote:
Nacho wrote:It's now $40 for the whole year (apparently through June of 2018), just a few weeks ago they wanted $20 for just this year's Dauphine and Tour de Suisse. I'm almost tempted to do it. On principle, though, it bothers me to have to pay extra.


When I first started using NBCSports Gold the only race on offer was the Tour De France and it cost $40. I am over the moon that my $40 now offers a lot more races! Considering I payed fubo $15 for one race, I consider this an excellent deal. Just looked at NBCSports Gold and will be able to watch the Tour De Suise and Dephaune either live or on-demand! Woohoo!

I use my Roku and have always been pleased with the service.

Who does the announcing and color-announcing on the NBCSports Gold? Do Phil & Paul & Van Velde do it also? Is it the exact same coverage you would get on the NBCSN channel (if you ever watch it), or is it different?

Sometimes when I'm watching cycling on NBCSN, I notice Paul is gone sometimes for a period of time. I thought that maybe he was jumping back-and-forth between NBCSN and NBCSports Gold (streaming).
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05 Jun 2017 12:35

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When I first started using NBCSports Gold the only race on offer was the Tour De France and it cost $40. I am over the moon that my $40 now offers a lot more races! Considering I payed fubo $15 for one race, I consider this an excellent deal. Just looked at NBCSports Gold and will be able to watch the Tour De Suise and Dephaune either live or on-demand! Woohoo!

I use my Roku and have always been pleased with the service.
I bit the bullet and have purchased the cycling package, turns out I already had Microsoft Edge (they call it "Edge" now and not Explorer?) on my pooter, didn't know it came with it. But the payment transaction went smoothly on that browser, am glad I didn't have to download another one.

So far my Roku says "Coverage to begin shortly", NBC isn't very good about updating start times on their website.

Anyhoo, $40 for the whole year is a good deal, I wasn't about to pay $20 for just two races a few weeks ago. Can't vouch for the stream quality yet, but it can't be any worse than the streams I had borrowed from the dark side.
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05 Jun 2017 12:56

Nacho wrote:
muvonga wrote:
Tricycle Rider wrote:
Nacho wrote:It's now $40 for the whole year (apparently through June of 2018), just a few weeks ago they wanted $20 for just this year's Dauphine and Tour de Suisse. I'm almost tempted to do it. On principle, though, it bothers me to have to pay extra.


When I first started using NBCSports Gold the only race on offer was the Tour De France and it cost $40. I am over the moon that my $40 now offers a lot more races! Considering I payed fubo $15 for one race, I consider this an excellent deal. Just looked at NBCSports Gold and will be able to watch the Tour De Suise and Dephaune either live or on-demand! Woohoo!

I use my Roku and have always been pleased with the service.

Who does the announcing and color-announcing on the NBCSports Gold? Do & Van Velde do it also? Is it the exact same coverage you would get on the NBCSN channel (if you ever watch it), or is it different?

Sometimes when I'm watching cycling on NBCSN, I notice Paul is gone sometimes for a period of time. I thought that maybe he was jumping back-and-forth between NBCSN and NBCSports Gold (streaming).


For NBC Gold, I last recall hearing Phil & Paul during the Tour De France. In the past, since the broadcast can be over 3hrs, the early morning coverage is done by a presenter from the international feed. At some point later in the day Phil & Paul would show up. I haven't noticed them presenting much on other races, it's mostly someone from the international feed, which pleases me.

My impression is that for most races, the NBC Gold presenter is not the same presenter that appears on network TV. One example, was that Bobke(Bob Roll) was covering a race on TV, but Matthew Keenan was the presenter available on NBC Gold for the same race. You basically get the race, no commercials and without any studio production.

Lately, the commentator will provide a twitter account for viewers to send in questions, which is nice way to keep everyone engaged. It's usually just one commentator as well. Those are the major/minor differences.
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05 Jun 2017 13:15

Tricycle Rider wrote:
muvonga wrote:
When I first started using NBCSports Gold the only race on offer was the Tour De France and it cost $40. I am over the moon that my $40 now offers a lot more races! Considering I payed fubo $15 for one race, I consider this an excellent deal. Just looked at NBCSports Gold and will be able to watch the Tour De Suise and Dephaune either live or on-demand! Woohoo!

I use my Roku and have always been pleased with the service.
I bit the bullet and have purchased the cycling package, turns out I already had Microsoft Edge (they call it "Edge" now and not Explorer?) on my pooter, didn't know it came with it. But the payment transaction went smoothly on that browser, am glad I didn't have to download another one.

So far my Roku says "Coverage to begin shortly", NBC isn't very good about updating start times on their website.

Anyhoo, $40 for the whole year is a good deal, I wasn't about to pay $20 for just two races a few weeks ago. Can't vouch for the stream quality yet, but it can't be any worse than the streams I had borrowed from the dark side.


Hope you enjoy it!
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05 Jun 2017 13:41

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Hope you enjoy it!
So far so good, the colors are very vivid. That might just be the settings on my TV, though.

At the pace they're pedaling I won't get to see the finish before I have to leave for work (the inevitable last 5km), but at least I can watch it later when I get back because of the on-demand function.
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09 Jun 2017 21:00

Now that I've been following the Dauphine all week on NBCSports Gold I'd have to say I'm pleased with the quality of the stream, don't actually have the sound on because I couldn't care less what the commentators have to say.

Don't know what the Tour will look like seeing as I think server traffic will be busier here in the States, but if it stays like this I'm cool with it.

I like the race starting times at the Dauphine, btw., they always seem to finish before I have to leave for work.
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09 Jun 2017 22:49

Tricycle Rider wrote:Now that I've been following the Dauphine all week on NBCSports Gold I'd have to say I'm pleased with the quality of the stream, don't actually have the sound on because I couldn't care less what the commentators have to say.

Don't know what the Tour will look like seeing as I think server traffic will be busier here in the States, but if it stays like this I'm cool with it.

I like the race starting times at the Dauphine, btw., they always seem to finish before I have to leave for work.


Glad you've had a positive experience.

In regards to the Tour De France on NBCGold in past years there hasn't been a significant difference with other races. While the Dauphine has been showing around the last 40K or so, the Tour usually has a much longer broadcast. Paul and Phil will probably make appearances, while they are currently nowhere to be found. I don't expect and have not experienced any lag because of more users, but I don't know how many more people are using the product this year.

The most significant difference is when you watch the Tour from your computer instead of Roku. NBC will have a portion of the screen dedicated to race details. They call it Tour Tracker. If you maximize the screen you'll just see the race. In particular you'll have a list of all the cyclists and where they are located in the pelaton. It makes it easy to quickly find out who's in the break and who's been dropped.
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19 Jun 2017 17:31

Here is the kind of stuff we have to put up with NBC's coverage, of cycling in general, and the TDF specifically, this year. Here is their official page on their scheduled coverage. It can be accessed right off of their cycling website:

http://www.nbcsports.com/cycling-schedule

Go down to where the TDF broadcasting schedule is, under the last 2 columns which are streaming (but not their hi-priced streaming) and broadcast on cable channel NBCSN. According to it we don't get to watch the first 3 stages, but on July 1 we get to watch stage 4, which won't be contested until July 4th. And then we don't get to watch the last 3 stages.

Practically every entry in these 2 columns for the TDF is wrong! And here we are less than 2 weeks before it starts. It wouldn't be so bad if they left an email address to where you could contact them and have them check out/redo the schedule, but they don't want to hear from the persons that watch their coverage. They pretty much ignore any question left on their facebook page. Their facebook page is fast becoming a joke page. Their cycling website is too. I wish they would give the coverage over to somebody else to broadcast, someone that would take it seriously.
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19 Jun 2017 18:43

Nacho wrote:Here is the kind of stuff we have to put up with NBC's coverage, of cycling in general, and the TDF specifically, this year. Here is their official page on their scheduled coverage. It can be accessed right off of their cycling website:

http://www.nbcsports.com/cycling-schedule

Go down to where the TDF broadcasting schedule is, under the last 2 columns which are streaming (but not their hi-priced streaming) and broadcast on cable channel NBCSN. According to it we don't get to watch the first 3 stages, but on July 1 we get to watch stage 4, which won't be contested until July 4th. And then we don't get to watch the last 3 stages.

Practically every entry in these 2 columns for the TDF is wrong! And here we are less than 2 weeks before it starts. It wouldn't be so bad if they left an email address to where you could contact them and have them check out/redo the schedule, but they don't want to hear from the persons that watch their coverage. They pretty much ignore any question left on their facebook page. Their facebook page is fast becoming a joke page. Their cycling website is too. I wish they would give the coverage over to somebody else to broadcast, someone that would take it seriously.



The webpage is just outdated. I'm sure they will be showing every stage live on streaming and on NBCSN. There is a preview show on Friday 6/23 1PM EDT, with multiple repeats over a few days. They will let us know when the first stage starts :)

Good to see there is daily coverage of the Vuelta even though it is delayed on Universal HD.

At least I will have copies of both the Tour and Vuelta to make dvds from should I so choose. Since the Giro was only streaming on Fubo, for the first time in decades I do no have a copy of the Giro :(
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19 Jun 2017 19:08

Actually I think it was recently edited, but very badly edited. I look at that page pretty regularly, but I don't always pull it down all the way. I don't remember there being entries there for the TDF. I didn't know about the preview show. Thanks. I'll be sure to watch it.

Also, I use "zap2it.com" for TV listings. You can punch on a channel icon and get a 2 week channel listing for just that channel. I punch on the NBCSN link and then browser search for "cycl". Finds motorcycle listings too though. Or, if you are expecting a Tour, search on "Tour" because "cycl" isn't always in the name.

(BTW, rant -- I wish that when people write newspaper/online news articles, they would use only the words "motorcycle" and "bicycle" when referring to each. I don't know how many articles I've seen where they use the word "cycle", and it catches my eye for something about bicycle, and I read it only for it to take forever to guess by context that they are talking about motorcycles!)
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19 Jun 2017 19:12

Carols,

Do you ever re-watch those DVDs? It's just me I guess, but me putting something on a DVD or buying the movie on DVD is a death sentence for that program! If it comes on broadcast TV then I will make time to watch it knowing that I can't miss it. But if I have it on DVD, I know I can watch it at any time, and then it turns out I never watch it.
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19 Jun 2017 23:10

Nacho wrote:Carols,

Do you ever re-watch those DVDs? It's just me I guess, but me putting something on a DVD or buying the movie on DVD is a death sentence for that program! If it comes on broadcast TV then I will make time to watch it knowing that I can't miss it. But if I have it on DVD, I know I can watch it at any time, and then it turns out I never watch it.


Sure I watch the dvds, mostly on the trainer in the winter when there is no cycling. But I can get a yen to see some cycling any time of the year and there is no race on so I will pull something out! LOL I never put on the dvd who won so sometimes I've forgotten the winner, especially in classics, and it's like watching a new race. I never tire of watching Il Pirata :)
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Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!
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19 Jun 2017 23:18

Nacho wrote:Actually I think it was recently edited, but very badly edited. I look at that page pretty regularly, but I don't always pull it down all the way. I don't remember there being entries there for the TDF. I didn't know about the preview show. Thanks. I'll be sure to watch it.

Also, I use "zap2it.com" for TV listings. You can punch on a channel icon and get a 2 week channel listing for just that channel. I punch on the NBCSN link and then browser search for "cycl". Finds motorcycle listings too though. Or, if you are expecting a Tour, search on "Tour" because "cycl" isn't always in the name.

(BTW, rant -- I wish that when people write newspaper/online news articles, they would use only the words "motorcycle" and "bicycle" when referring to each. I don't know how many articles I've seen where they use the word "cycle", and it catches my eye for something about bicycle, and I read it only for it to take forever to guess by context that they are talking about motorcycles!)


That zap2it is pretty cool. I put in Tour de France....all the dates/times for the preview show came up :) Using 'cycling' I found the 2015 and 2016: Blackberry Farm Pro-AM Classic on FoxSportsSE! Thanks for the tip!
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Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!
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